Nick Badami, a visionary leader who helped make Park City Mountain Resort a world-class resort, died June 4 at his house in Tucson, Ariz., surrounded by family. He was 87.
‘We are deeply saddened to lose such an inspirational mentor and strong leader who made significant contributions to the ski industry,’ said John Cumming, CEO and president of Powdr Corp, PCMR’s current owner. ‘His vision, courage and direction elevated the sport of skiing and helped to make Park City a world-class destination. He and his son Craig were responsible for Park City’s international accolades in ski racing. His leadership, along with his son’s vision, was also instrumental in bringing the 2002 Olympics to Salt Lake City.’
Badami was a big supporter of the U.S. Ski Association, and of ski competition generally. ‘Nick Badami’s contribution to our organization and sports is immeasurable,’ said USSA president and CEO Bill Marolt. ‘Nick was a great visionary but also brought a keen sense of business. Today, thanks to Nick’s vigilant guidance and leadership, the USSA is a strong, sound organization providing great opportunities for young people to pursue their Olympic dreams. He kept us focused on our goals and gave us the roadmap for a prosperous future.’
Badami, a former board chairman of BVD, began making his mark in the ski industry in 1970 when he purchased Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif. In 1975 he purchased Park City Ski Corporation. In 1994, Badami sold his company to Powdr, remaining chairman of the board until 2003.
He is survived by his wife Avis and grandson Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his son Craig.